JACKSON, Tenn. - A Tennessee toddler accidentally shot and killed himself after finding a gun while his mother and her boyfriend were on drugs, police said.
Fundraiser set up to cover funeral costs of Jackson toddler who accidentally shot himself https://t.co/1HjXamklFW— The Jackson Sun (@JSunNews) May 15, 2019
According to the Jackson Sun, Linda Arrington, 25, and Antonio Dancer, 43, were charged with negligent homicide after Arrington's 3-year-old son, Chrisaiah, found an unsecured handgun in their Jackson home and shot himself Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The boy, who suffered a gunshot wound to the face, died at a nearby hospital.
Arrington and Dancer "were both under the influence of drugs while the child was left unattended," Jackson police said in a news release Tuesday. Arrington said in court that she has a heroin problem and mental health issues, the Sun reported.
Arrington also told police that Chrisaiah had found a gun in the home before, the Sun reported. About a month ago, she discovered the boy with a gun that had been under her pillow, police said.
Arrington was jailed on $35,000 bond, the Sun reported. Dancer, who also was charged with illegally possessing a firearm because he is a felon, is being held on $50,000 bond.
Police: 3-year-old boy finds gun and kills himself, mother and roommate charged with homicide https://t.co/2zFWJJX55X— The Jackson Sun (@JSunNews) May 14, 2019
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